ERIC Number: ED117472
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Acceleration and Expansion of the Diagnostic Services Project in Houston, Texas. A Final Report.
Goldston, M. H., Jr.; Hefley, Robert J.
The project was designed to demonstrate the feasibility and effectiveness of providing faster, more relevant, and more comprehensive diagnostic services to vocational rehabilitation clients with a wide range of disabilities. The improved services were provided by an Experimental Unit (E) and compared with those of a Control Unit (C). The random assignment of physically disabled, alcoholic, mentally ill, and mentally retarded clients to E and C groups and procedures used for each group are presented. The following components used with E referrals are described: audiovisual orientation, vocational rehabilitation-oriented social evaluation interview, psychological testing, short-term work evaluation, faster general medical examination, medical transcription, and transportation. Thirteen variables on which it was hypothesized that the E Group would be found superior to the C Group are listed. Results, based on 749 E and 722 C cases, are reported in 20 tables (Appendix A) and analyzed in narrative form. Findings revealed successes in some areas but indicate that, in general, all E-C differences were small. A discussion section presents comparisons between the groups and seven recommendations for further endeavors. Also appended are forms used in the Experimental unit and counselor questionnaire responses. (Author/MS)
Descriptors: Alcoholism, Clinical Diagnosis, Comparative Analysis, Control Groups, Counseling Services, Experimental Groups, Experimental Programs, Feasibility Studies, Medical Services, Mental Retardation, Physical Disabilities, Program Improvement, Psychological Services, Rehabilitation Centers, Rehabilitation Counseling, Social Services, State Agencies, Tables (Data), Vocational Rehabilitation
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Social and Rehabilitation Service (DHEW), Washington, DC. Office of Research, Demonstrations, and Training.
Authoring Institution: Texas Rehabilitation Commission, Austin.